Northwest College

  • Located 70 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, is a two-year, residential college offering a blend of academic and workforce-ready programs. With 67 degree and 19 certificate options, you`ll build a foundation that will allow you to launch a career in a field suited to your passions. Each year, NWC awards more than $5 million in grants/scholarships to help lift the financial stress of paying for college-in fact, many graduate debt-free. Whether you`re interested in the outdoors or free art shows downtown, Powell has what you need to customize your college experience. During your time here, not only will you earn a degree-you`ll make memories, friendships, and genuine connections that last a lifetime.
School Highlights
  • Northwest College serves 1,461 students (52% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 16%.
  • Northwest College is the only community colleges within Park County, WY.
  • The nearest community college to Northwest College is City College at Montana State University-Billings (70.3 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 120 teachers has grown by 20% over five years.
Northwest College(WY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty120 staff149 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Northwest College has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
  • The Northwest College diversity score of 0.30 is more than the state average of 0.29. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,461 students3,422 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:120:1
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# Full-Time Students760 students1,085 students
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# Part-Time Students701 students2,337 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
-276
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
2%
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% Asian
-
1%
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% Hispanic
6%
7%
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% Black
1%
1%
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% White
83%
84%
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% Two or more races
4%
1%
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% Non Resident races
5%
2%
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Diversity Score0.300.29
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College Completion Rate
37%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,900$34,500
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,158 is less than the state average of $2,757. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,128 is less than the state average of $6,799. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,158$2,757
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,128$6,799
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Tuition NotesThis rate is per semester for a student taking 15 credits.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,100$10,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,231
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Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsVolleyball, WrestlingVolleyball, Wrestling,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Northwest College is a dynamic learning community located in Powell, Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. In this exceptional setting, students of all ages and backgrounds receive personal attention from a highly credentialed faculty and staff. Northwest's diverse blend of academics, access to emerging technologies, and activities equips students to think critically, to fully develop their potential, and to succeed in an ever changing world. Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district. In 1953 the name was changed to Northwest Community College, and in 1968 the college's tax base was expanded to include all of Park County. The name changed once more to Northwest College in 1989. Over the years, the quality of instruction matured, and a residential campus developed. Northwest's 124-acre campus is one of the most attractive college campuses in Wyoming. Its 57 buildings include 14 instructional facilities, four residence halls and 80 apartments for 750 students, a student center, a child care center, and a library with electronic access to other libraries. Northwest College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National League for Nursing, and National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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